July 22, 2018, 11:43 pm
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Anne Curtis deglamorized for ‘Buy Bust’

It’s Anne Curtis like you’ve never seen her before.

The actress sheds her glamorous image to tackle a role that requires her to deliver intense and gripping action scenes in VIVA Films and Reality Entertainment’s latest joint venture, “Buy Bust.”

Joining Anne in the Erik Matti action-thriller earmarked for international release is Fil-Am, ONE Championship heavyweight champion Brandon Vera.

The movie will revolve around a special forces team sent to snuff out a drug den only to find themselves trapped inside it after being set-up and betrayed.

The project is a 360-degree turn as well as a very challenging one for the “It’s Showtime” mainstay as Anne spent hours and hours of rigorous training to give justice to the character of drug enforcement agent, Nina Manigan in the film.

Here, she is seen stained with blood during hand-to-hand combat with her co-stars.

In a previous interview, Anne said, “I’ve been working on this for two years already and alam kong ang dami nang naghihintay na mapanood siya dito. Ang galing din kasi, at least, masho-showcase ang quality ng Filipino film sa ibang bansa.”

But Anne gets ample support and pointers from Brandon, who, needless to say, is an expert in the mixed martial arts arena. “Buy Bust” is Brandon’s big screen debut.

In addition to this, they are ably handled by award-winning Direk Erik, the brains behind such cutting-edge movies as “OTJ” and the multi-awarded Metro Manila Filmfest entries, “Honor Thy Father” and “Seklusyon.” 

“Buy Bust” will have its world premiere on July 15 as it has been chosen as closing film in the New York Asian Film Festival, where Anne, Brandon, Direk Erik and Dondon Monteverde are scheduled to attend. 

On July 18, “Buy Bust” will have its Canadian premiere in the Fantasia Festival as well as Asian premiere in the Buncheon International Fantastic Film Festival.

Aside from the film’s screening in US and Korea, the movie will also be seen and enjoyed by our kababayans in Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore soon.

Two international companies have joined forces to ensure “Buy Bust’s” international success: XYZ Films, the movie’s sales agent and Well Go USA, the movie’s official distributor in North America, which will start playing US cinemas starting on August 10.

Well Go USA, an international film distributor, is the same company responsible for the distribution of the international hit, “Train to Busan,” which features Korean Superstar, Gong Yoo. They will formally launch the movie to the public on July 19 during the 21st Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza at the San Diego Comic Con.

In an interview, Dylan Marchetti, Well Go USA senior vice president for acquisitions and theatrical distribution, said, ”If you lose your mind for an amazing action film, the last hour of ‘Buy Bust’ is going to blow your head clean off.”

Meanwhile, also in the cast of “Buy Bust” are Victor Neri, Arjo Atayde, AJ Muhlach, Joross Gamboa and Noni Buencamino, among others.

“Buy Bust” opens in local cinemas on August 1, from VIVA Films and Reality Entertainment.
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